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Bettles Lodge is located 35 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is one of the best places for Aurora Viewing in Alaska! Bettles is easily reached from Fairbanks. Bettles Lodge is a remote Alaska wilderness lodge and consists of two buildings. The Historic Lodge was built originally in 1948. The Aurora Lodge is a newer addition and provides additional rooms. The lodge offers guests modern amenities. There is a common area where you can relax after a day of winter outdoor activities, converse with other guests about the day’s activities or visit the second floor game room, complete with a billiard table. At Bettles Lodge you will find a relaxing setting and access to the vast Alaska wilderness surrounding you!
Important - Due to weather and the varying flight times between Fairbanks and Bettles, an overnight in Fairbanks before and after this tour is required.
Fairbanks to Bettles
Today enjoy a scenic flight from Fairbanks, crossing the mighty Yukon River and the Arctic Circle, with possible views of the Brooks Range and Gates of the Arctic National Park. Flight time is approx. 1.5 to 3 hours long. This afternoon enjoy a brief tour of the Bettles area. After dinner, step outside and enjoy the Northern Lights or watch from the Aurora viewing cabin (weather permitting, aurora viewing is possible from September to late March). Overnight at Bettles Lodge.
Day at leisure to explore your tranquil surroundings by snowshoe or cross-country ski (snow conditions permitting). You will also have time to participate in optional activities, such as taking an exhilarating ride on a snowmobile, flightseeing, or touring the Arctic by dog sled (additional cost). If needed, warm clothing is available at the lodge. Stay up tonight for another opportunity to see the Northern Lights dance across the dark sky. Overnight at Bettles Lodge.
Note: Due to weather/snow conditions, most excursions will not be available from October to mid-November and from the middle/end of March to early April. These times are considered "off season" times. You may only experience the Northern Lights (weather permitting) while in Bettles and may not get the full experience.
Bettles to Fairbanks
Breakfast is your last included meal at the lodge. Return to Fairbanks by small plane. Tour concludes upon your arrival in Fairbanks.
Notes: The flight time between Fairbanks and Bettles is approx. 1.5 to 3 hours each way, depending on flight route of the day (not known prior). Flights to/from Bettles could be in the morning or afternoon depending on availability. Final flight times will be determined by the lodge and are not available until about 4 to 3 weeks prior. Flights are in smaller planes with luggage weight limitations of approx. 40 pound per person. Pre and post nights in Fairbanks are required!
Standard Rooms (6 located in the Historic Lodge with a rustic feel and 4 located in the Aurora Lodge) share 4 central bathrooms in each lodge.
Jacuzzi Rooms are located in the Aurora Lodge. Rooms have private bathrooms and a Jacuzzi tub in the bedroom.
NOTE: Due to weather/snow conditions, most excursions will not be available from October to mid-November and from the middle/end of March to early April. These times are considered "off season" times. You may only experience the Northern Lights (weather permitting) while in Bettles and may not get the full experience.
Winter Special, new bookings with departures January through March, 2021:
Ask us about special savings of $500 per person if you travel Thursday to Sunday or Sunday to Thursday! Valid for travel through March 31, 2021.